UNDP recognised for supporting HIV and AIDs interventions in urban areas
KAMPALA - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uganda has been recognised for its work in supporting HIV/AIDs response in Kampala city. This work involves supporting urban leaders to better understand HIV/AIDs and create responses that can change the lives of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDs in urban areas.
A certificate of recognition for its work in supporting Kampala’s urban leaders in HIV/AIDs response was handed over to UNDP during a partners meeting held by the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) Executive Director, Ms. Jennifer Musisi.
Through its partner, the Alliance of Mayors initiative for Community Action on AIDS (AMICAALL), UNDP has since 2006 supported urban authorities to carry out various studies, reviews and trainings to build their capacities to respond to HIV/AIDs cases in their communities.
As result, several municipal leaders have been engaged in the mobilising communities and initiating safe male circumcision dialogues among urban communities, championing HIV counselling and testing camps among urban communities mostly the marginalized populations. These urban leaders’ commitment and effort is reflected in the recent reduction of HIV prevalence in urban areas from 10% to 8% between 2005 and 2011 as indicated in the Uganda AIDS indicator and also from 8% in 2011 to 7.6% in 2013 as indicated in Uganda’s country progress report 2014.
In Kampala, which is the largest metropolitan city in Uganda with a total population of close to 4 million people has the highest HIV prevalence of 7.1% compared to other cities in Uganda. The city’s HIV prevalence is 10 times higher than the prevalence in rural areas. The city holds the largest share of the urban epidemic with a bigger size of key affected populations that are at a higher risk of HIV Infection. The building of Kampala city councillor’s urban leaders capacities has led to an increase in the number of division health center IIIs’ and IVs providing HIV counselling and testing services from 96% to 100%, comprehensive anti-retroviral therapy, male circumcision services, enrollment of pregnant mothers on option b+ which prevents mother to child transmission.
UNDP has been supporting AMICAALL to respond to the HIV/AIDS concerns in the cities and local authorities for almost ten years. The Uganda chapter currently comprises of all designated urban authorities including City, Municipal and Town councilors and it has been on the fore front of spearheading the urban HIV/AIDs response through effective engagement of Mayors and other local government leaders across the country.